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Pre-World War II shophouses in Bongawan town.
Pre-World War II shophouses in Bongawan town.
Bongawan is located in Borneo
Coordinates: 5°32′20″N 115°51′17″E / 5.538949°N 115.854609°E / 5.538949; 115.854609Coordinates: 5°32′20″N 115°51′17″E / 5.538949°N 115.854609°E / 5.538949; 115.854609
Country Malaysia
State Sabah

Bongawan is a town in the West Coast Division of the state of Sabah in Malaysia. It is situated within the parliamentary constituency of Kimanis. The town centre is 3 kilometres inland from the South China Sea and approximately 60 kilometres south of Kota Kinabalu, the state capital. It is located on the A2 highway connecting Kota Kinabalu and the southern part of Sabah, and Bongawan railway station is one of the stops for Sabah State Railway.

Bongawan is noted for its two blocks of wooden shoplots, which were completed in 1939. They are among few surviving pre-World War II era shophouses surviving in Sabah. Most of the shops are operated by Chinese traders, most of whom belong to the Hakka dialect group.

The town is also noted for the Borneo Golf and Country Club, an 18-hole golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus. The course plays 6546 metres off the championship tees and is spread out over 200 acres on a 900-acre site.[1]


Primary school[edit]

  • SK Viging Ulu
  • SK Ulu Lumagar
  • SK Sumbiling
  • SK Pekan Bongawan
  • SK Nyaris-Nyaris
  • SK Mandahan
  • SJK (C) Bong Hwa

Secondary school[edit]

  • SMK Bongawan


The name Bongawan comes from the Malay word bangau, which means 'egrets'. These birds are commonly seen in the paddy fields surrounding the town.


  1. ^ "Borneo Golf and Country Club - Destinations, Sabah Tourism Board Official Website (Sabah Malaysian Borneo)". Archived from the original on 4 May 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2012.